Comcast® recently hosted a digital literacy forum in Chattanooga Tech Town and distributed laptops to students at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. This was done by the best internet provider to generate awareness about connecting and using internet in the city in Hamilton County.
“Comcast® has played a defining role in shaping the future of media and technology, and we maintain an unwavering commitment to address the barriers to broadband adoption across the communities we serve,” said Tina Simmons, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast®.
Simmons was speaking at the digital literacy forum on behalf of the Telco about ‘digital divide’, which echoed in the entire forum. She also hailed the ‘Internet Essentials’ Program provided by Comcast® to low-income residents for the last six years to over 3 million low-income residents nationwide as cheap internet. Considering Hamilton County alone, the number amounts to an additional 3000 connections.
The initiative from the Telco “has not just given these children a new piece of technology, they have been given a piece of hope, a boost in confidence and a new opportunity to succeed,” said Jim Coppinger, the County Mayor. Yet despite the initiative, Simmons feels that there is a digital divide nationwide that relate to the problem of a lack of power and water.
Comcast® held digital literacy forum in Tech Town in order to address the scarcity of high-speed internet and lack of know how regarding connectivity. Further, without internet connectivity at home students cannot do homework said Elaine Swafford the Principal of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy in the forum.
On the other hand, Launch Tennessee’s Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Brock said that internet is a necessity especially for jobseekers, consumers and workers. “Our ability to grow as a community is directly dependent upon how we address this digital divide,” Brock said.
Furthermore, Chris Ramsey, the Chief Executive Officer of TechTown Foundation in Chattanooga, said, “Today, Chattanooga was united with nonprofit partners, elected officials, educators, and advocates who all believe that the Internet is essential for everyone.” The foundation is planning more such literacy programs in the future to generate awareness.
The unemployment rate in the Tennessee is alarming low, yet the state leads the way for small scale business growth in the running year. However, Simmons added, “There is a vibe in this community and rightfully so,” referring the financial contribution which the best internet provider made in the region in the past.